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Meeting a Vital Need

Dr. Melissa O’Connor has been selected to the inaugural cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.

 

Melissa O’Connor, PhD, MBA, RN, FGSA, FAAN, associate professor of Nursing, is one of 11 nurse scientists nationwide to earn a spot in the inaugural cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. 

As part of the new three-year fellowship program, she will receive $450,000 to conduct an innovative project to meet a vital need. 

The director of Villanova Nursing’s Gerontology Interest Group, Dr. O’Connor will focus her project on developing and testing evidence-based interventions in home health to ensure vulnerable older adults receive the care they need to improve outcomes. 

Such approaches will prove critical in the near future—in less than 15 years, older adults will outnumber children for the first time in US history.

“We expect this next generation of nursing leaders to have a widespread impact not only in their own communities but nationwide,” says Heather M. Young, national program director for the fellowship.

An Interview with Betty Irene Moore Nurse Leader and Innovator Fellow Melissa O’Connor